Implementing the model of identifying and evaluating informal knowledge of adults

Project duration period: 1. 1. 2013-31. 3. 2014


Target group

Adults of the SE region, especially the vulnerable target groups of adults: employees, the unemployed, adults in adult education, ethnic groups, migrants and persons serving prison sentences.

Summary (project goals and purpose)

Informally acquired skills as a complement to formal education are invaluable in today's society. The evaluation of informally acquired knowledge and experience enables the individual:

  • further or re-integration into formal education,
  • the recognition of professional qualifications (NVQ) at the labour market,
  • greater flexibility at the labour market,
  • raising the employability level,
  • greater mobility at the labour market,
  • career development and change,
  • the development of lifelong learning competencies,
  • the evaluation of knowledge and experience for their own interest in making various decisions in individual’s professional and personal life,
  • orientation and guidance for further education.

Project results

  • 2 counsellors and 1 informant of the institute were professionally trained to evaluate informal knowledge,
  • we carried out 17 targeted presentations of the purpose of the project with an emphasis on the importance of the evaluation of informal knowledge; we produced 14 plans to implement a model of informal knowledge evaluation and carried out more than 25 additional presentations of the project,
  • we have completed the process of identifying and evaluating informal knowledge with 238 candidates; all candidates received a certificate of participation in the procedure and an opinion on the estimated informal knowledge,
  • we distributed promotional printed materials - ACS brochures in the extent of 1,500 copies,
  • we prepared a special promotional material (newspaper) ‘Since your knowledge is worthy, it should also become visible’, in 40,000 copies and distributed them at the local, regional and national level,
  • we carried out 2 more extensive presentations of the project at the local level within the Regional festival zaTE (forYOU) (a professional event at the beginning of the project and a round table at the end of the project),
  • active participation with a contribution at the final conference in Ljubljana,
  • we designed the web page of the project,
  • the project manager was the co-author of the book The Identification, Evaluation and Validation of Informally Acquired Knowledge of Adults.

The project manager was Tea Sulič. Further information about the project is available at

 Funding sources: the European Social Fund and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport


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